When you wake up in the morning and don’t want to get out of bed, think about this: I am getting up to do the work of a human being. Why am I dissatisfied with doing the things for which I exist? Or do I exist for the purpose of staying in my pajamas and … More Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself
45. Some bathe fast? OK, they bathe fast. Some drink too much? OK, they drink too much. Don’t judge unless you know the other completely. Otherwise, you are going on only the look of things.
XI. 1. These are the properties of the rational soul: it sees itself; analyses itself; makes itself as it chooses. It enjoys the fruit that it itself bears. It obtains its own end, however long life may be. The rational life is not like a dance or a play, incomplete if cut short. Rather, in each … More Marcus Aurelius from the Meditations